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Why do studies ignore the fact that exposure to war increases suicide and murder rates among veterans?

You can't kill and face death and return unchanged to a world in which you are expected to refrain from all violence.
In two recent articles in the Los Angeles Times and the academic studies that inspired them, the authors investigate the question of which war veterans are most likely to commit suicide or violent crimes. Remarkably, the subject of war, their role in war, their thoughts about the supposed justifications (or lack thereof) of a war, never come up.

The factors that take the blame are -- apart from the unbearably obvious "prior suicidality," "prior crime," "weapons possession," and "mental disorder treatment" -- the following breakthrough discoveries: maleness, poverty, and "late age of enlistment." In other words, the very same factors that would be found in the (less-suicidal and less-murderous) population at large. That is, men are more violent than women, both among veterans and non-veterans; the poor are more violent (or at least more likely to get busted for it) among veterans and non-veterans; and the same goes for "unemployed" or "dissatisfied with career" or other near-equivalents of "joined the military at a relatively old age."

Comment: The answer to the question of suicide and murder rates in regards to veterans is staring these researchers right in the face. However, as a society, we have become so used to endless war, so inured to its ravages, so blinded by the lie of spreading freedom and democracy and so beholden to the myth of the hero soldier that the truth behind the suffering of these men and women cannot be seen.


People Power: Keystone XL shut down thanks to grassroots environmental activism

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US President Barack Obama's decision to pull the plug on the Keystone XL oil pipeline -- an extremely contentious issue among those concerned with climate change and the environment -- would never have happened if it weren't for the work of grassroots activists, investigative reporter Will Potter told Sputnik.

The 1,179-mile pipeline, which according to proposals would have carried 800,000 barrels of carbon-heavy tar sands oil across the Canadian border to the United States every single day, has led to over 750 protests since 2011.

Comment: Given the track record of oil companies and their number devastating oil spills that seriously damage the environment, why should anyone trust them with a cross-country transnational pipeline?


Sacramento residents exposed to year-long toxic water treatment experiment

In 2013 and 2014, the City of Sacramento performed a water treatment experiment at the expense of residents of the city "to save money," according to a local news investigation.

Area residents were never informed about the toxic chemical contamination of their water that resulted from the experiment. "Cancer, miscarriages, and birth defects" are the consequences of consuming those chemicals, but the extent to which Sacramento residents are likely to experience these symptoms is not yet known.

City officials allowed the experiment to continue for an entire year — despite knowing early on that very process was creating carcinogens. For how long that contamination will be suspended in the water supply is up in the air.

Officials experimented on the water with a new added chemical to aid in removing sediment, silt, and other impurities in the water supply: aluminum chlorohydrate (ACH). It was due to replace the chemical known as ALUM that was regularly used to take the larger particles out of river water to treat it. Both chemicals weigh down the sediment to make it easily removable.

However, the addition of ACH to the city's water supply wound up being ineffective as a treatment — so an excessive quantity of chlorine was added to the water, as well.

Comment: Another good reason to filter your water - cities have been poisoning the water supplies with fluoride for decades and tap water has been found to be contaminated with viruses and bacteria, pharmaceutical drugs and multiple other toxins.

Heart - Black

Six-year-old shot and killed by police, officers falsified reports then given time for rest and sleep before further questioning

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Jeremy Mardis was killed by police on Nov 3rd, 2015. He was 6 years old
The Louisiana police department whose officers shot and killed an autistic 6-year-old child this week keep changing their story on what prompted their officers to shoot. Jeremy Mardis, was shot five times in his head and his torso by officers on Tuesday around 9:30 PM. His father, Chris Few, was also shot and is in critical condition.

At a news conference on Thursday, Louisiana State Police Col. Mike Edmonson admitted that no gun was found in the vehicle, despite previous reports implying that there had been an exchange of gunfire. Investigators also initially stated that the father was being pursued over warrants, however, Edmonson has admitted that they have not found any open warrants.

Dr. L.J. Mayeux, coroner of Avoyelles Parish, had also originally claimed that Few had repeatedly backed into the marshal's vehicle after attempting to flee, however, that has also turned out to not be the case. Edmonson stated on Thursday that there is no evidence this happened. The shooting was captured on at least one officer's body camera.

Comment: Does a suspect who is found murdering someone get "a day or two to rest and get sleep"? How is it that a six year old is shot five times in the head and body based on fabricated reports filed by these officers, and then they're given leave so that they can come up with a better story?


Legalization of marijuana could send Mexican cartels' sales up in smoke

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Soldiers remove plants from a marijuana plantation near an area known as 'El Hongo' on the outskirts of the municipality of Tecate, on the border with the U.S. California state, September 25, 2015.
For Mexico City anti-narcotics cop Nieto Lara, a decision by the country's Supreme Court that could eventually lead to the legalization of marijuana means only one thing: major cartels abandoning the drug and focusing on harder stuff.

Wednesday's landmark Supreme Court ruling would allow four people to grow and consume the plant for recreational use in a country ravaged by a decade of drug violence, but any nationwide legalization of marijuana is likely years away.

The potentially game-changing prospect that California could join a growing list of U.S. states that have legalized pot, coupled with low prices and shifting attitudes in Mexico, could eventually lead the country's gangs to shift away from one of their original exports, many Mexican dealers, police and drug policy experts say.

"If the government allows the sale of marijuana, the price will fall and the cartels will get into some other type of drug, because it won't give them the same profits as it does now," Lara said.

Comment: With Oregon and other states showing how much revenue they generate from legalized marijuana, it won't take long for this to become widespread for cash-strapped states. This also could give the industrial uses of hemp a boost as it once was a century ago, which will give large companies producing clothes and paper, car metal suppliers, etc., a run for their money.


"Paid-for-patriotism": Senate investigates millions spent by Pentagon on military-worshipping psyops at sporting events

A Senate oversight report just blew the lid on the U.S. military worship ceremonies we all see at sporting events all over the United States. We see this military worship all the time at college and professional sports events. These staged ceremonies are designed to psyop young men and women into joining the military. They are also designed to sell war and make young adults think that the road to honor goes through a military lifestyle. Sports fans have no idea they are being bombarded with lies and propaganda bankrolled by the Pentagon and the National Guard. The recent Senate report blowing the lid on this psyop campaign labels the paid for propaganda as "inappropriate and frivolous."

The report reviewed contracts between the Pentagon (and National Guard) and sports teams and admittedly labels two thirds of the contracts as "paid-for-patriotism." Yeah, I'll say. Every trick from flag ceremonies, national anthems, ceremonial first pitches, puck drops, color guard presentations even reenlistment ceremonies have been quietly paid for to deceive the sports fans into wanting to join the military.

Comment: In an age when almost an entire population has fallen prey to a concerted effort to keep them dumbed-down, dissociated, disunited, disinformed and unhealthy, it should come as no surprise to any informed individual that the public is being played like this also. The Pentagonians and their ilk exist to perpetuate the agendas they've been told to follow, and many of them are incapable of seeing the shortsighted and destructive nature of the programming they are inflicting on the people they are sworn to serve.


Cop punches student in the face and chokes another student unconscious five days later

Caught on surveillance video pushing a 13-year-old student and punching him in the face, a fired school resource officer will have his charges dropped if he completes anger management classes instead. Five days after the incident, the cop was captured again on video choking another student unconscious, causing a brain injury.

On January 22, Louisville Metro police officer Jonathan Hardin was caught on surveillance video speaking with a 13-year-old student in the Olmsted Academy North lunchroom. While accusing the student of cutting in line, Hardin pushed the teen before immediately punching him in the face. After knocking the student to the ground, Hardin charged the teen with menacing and resisting arrest but lacked probable cause according to an arrest warrant.

Although Hardin clearly used excessive force, he remained on the job when a security camera captured him choking a student unconscious in a separate incident five days later. On January 27, several students were goofing around in the hallway when a 13-year-old appeared to chest-bump Hardin. After falling down, Hardin regained his balance and placed the teen in a chokehold with his feet lifted off the ground for several seconds.

Comment: Police are a danger to society.

Red Flag

Ben Carson, another lying politician, fibs about his violent childhood and West Point scholarship

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Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson claimed in his 1996 book that he had a violent childhood full of moments of ‘pathological anger.’
Ben Carson admitted Friday that he lied about earning a prestigious scholarship to West Point while controversy over the validity of his troubled kid-to-renowned doctor narrative reached a crescendo.

The 2016 GOP candidate said he fabricated a part of his 1996 autobiography, Gifted Hands, in which he claimed he was given a "full scholarship" to the U.S. Military Academy just hours after he rebuked accusations that he lied about his violent outbursts as a child and teenager.

In the nearly 20-year-old book, Carson boasted about his transformation from rage-filled boy to refined neurosurgeon, describing how he once tried to hit his mother with a hammer and attempted to stab one of his friends to death.

His former classmates, however, said they don't remember the Republican as a rough kid.

Comment: What could Ben Carson possibly have to gain from weaving such tales? Is he a pathological liar?

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More Syrians learning Russian language

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Girls at a school in Latakia studying the Russian language.
Grateful for Russia's support in the fight against the jihadists, Syrians are now flocking to learn Russian, RIA Novosti reports.

With a second foreign language compulsory for study in Syrian schools, RIA Novosti has found that Russian, introduced as an option in some parts of the country a year ago, is quickly gaining popularity, especially in the coastal province of Latakia, where the Russian military contingent assigned to assist the Syrian armed forces is based.

The country's school system, with 11 grades plus a 12th grade for those wishing to go to college or university, features mandatory English-language instruction in the first seven grades. From seventh grade on, the children choose a second foreign language.

Until recently, most chose French; Syria has a historical connection with France, having served as its colony for much of the first half of the 20th century following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in the First World War. Since last year, young Syrians now have the choice of choosing Russian instead.

Many have, especially in the country's northwest province of Latakia, home to the Russian airbase at Hmeymim. Mohammed Kazak, the Head of the Department of Education of the Latakia Governate, told RIA Novosti that "from September of this year, about 4,500 students have chosen to study Russian in our province."

According to the official, Russian has become particularly popular in the city of Latakia itself, as well Jableh, a city in the province's south.

Arrow Down

Anyone paying attention? Former Reagan administration official warns 'financial disaster is coming'

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Why won't the American people listen to the warnings? David Stockman was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977 to 1981, and he served as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1985. These days, he is running a website called "Contra Corner" which I highly recommend that you check out. Stockman believes that a global "debt super-cycle" that has been building for decades is now bursting, and he is convinced that the consequences for the U.S. and for the rest of the planet will be absolutely catastrophic. His findings are very consistent with what I have been writing about on The Economic Collapse Blog, and if Stockman is correct the times ahead of us are going to be exceedingly painful.

But right now, most people don't seem to be in the mood to listen to these types of warnings. Even though there is a mountain of evidence that the global economy has already plunged into recession, U.S. stocks had a great month in October, and so most Americans seem to think that the crisis has passed.

Comment: This crisis has been brewing for years. Virtually every aspect of Western society has gone into decay, and, instead of solutions, the 'elite' demonstrate a nearly homicidal urge to sacrifice everything and everyone for their short-term profits. Also see:
[I]n October the age group that accounted for virtually all total job gains was workers aged 55 and over. They added some 378K jobs in the past month, representing virtually the entire increase in payrolls. And more troubling: workers aged 25-54 actually declined by 35,000, with males in this age group tumbling by 119,000!

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